Duck Ham 2016

Duck Ham

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(3 ratings)

Prep: 30 mins staggered over 3 days, no cook


Serves 4

If you want to try curing your own meat, this salted duck breast is easy, flavourful and will make you feel like a true kitchen pro

Nutrition and extra info

  • Gluten-free

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal135
  • fat9g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs2g
  • sugars1g
  • fibre0g
  • protein11g
  • salt1.6g
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  • small handful fresh thyme
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns
  • 2 cloves



    A clove is the dry, unopened flower bud of the tropical myrtle tree family used to flavour a…

  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 dried bay leaf, roughly crushed
  • 200g flaky sea salt
  • 200g golden caster sugar
  • 1 large meaty duck breast (about 250g)


  1. Using a pestle and mortar, roughly crush the thyme, peppercorns, cloves, garlic and bay. Tip into a bowl with the salt and sugar, and mix everything together thoroughly. Lightly score the skin on the breast in a criss-cross pattern.

  2. Scatter about a third of the salt mixture into a container that will hold the duck breast snugly. Lay the duck, flesh-side down, on the salt and cover with the remaining mixture. Cover tightly with cling film or a lid and leave in the fridge for 3 days.

  3. Remove the duck from the mixture, rinse under cold water, then dry well with kitchen paper. The ham is now ready to thinly slice and serve on its own or in a salad. Wrapped in cling film, it will keep in the fridge for up to 1 month.

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22nd Jul, 2017
Not sure I would want to eat the skin...
7th May, 2017
I tried this out but ended up with something more like jerky than ham. I am unsure what I did wrong but assume it may have been that my duck breast wasn't meaty enough, all I could find was what looked like one breast cut in half lengthways. I also didn't like the texture of the skin. It was a bit slimy feeling. The taste is actually quite good, but one I would have to try again as it didn't turn out as expected.
19th Oct, 2016
Tried this out on a single duck breast I had languishing in the freezer, it was lovely, really easy to do and great results. Next time will definitely try the other flavour suggestions. One to tuck in the fridge at Christmas for a charcuterie board.
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Nick McGhee
17th Mar, 2018
Surely this would need air-drying for a week or so?
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19th Mar, 2018
Thanks for your question. All our recipes are triple tested so rest assured it does work! Enjoy.
14th Nov, 2016
I put 2 duck breasts in to salt in separate containers 3 days ago; one looks like the photo, ie very wet with the breasts clearly visible, the other is still hidden under salt with a thin layer of liquid at the bottom. Might one kill us? :)
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